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FIR lodged in kidney sale case

Phulbani police station in Kandhamal district of Odisha has registered an FIR and started investigation into the case of alleged sell of kidney by a youth of a poor family.

It may be noted that there were demands for a Crime Branch investigation into this case. According to sources, on June 3 the Kandhamal District Collector received a letter from the State Health and Family Welfare department regarding the probe. Till now, no one had filed any FIR with the police. But earlier an administrative enquiry had been made into this alleged kidney sale by the youth. Basing on the report of administrative enquiry, an FIR was lodged in Phulbani police station of Kandhamal district on June 6.

This case is related to Kanhu Behera (20) of Phulbani town, district headquarter of Kandhamal. It has been revealed that Kanhu had agreed to provide one of his kidneys to a person of Berhampur for Rs. 3.5 lakh in April this year. The kidney transplant had been done in a hospital in Sri Lanka.

In June, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had intervened and sought action taken reports from the DC and Superintendent of Police (SP) concerned.

Social activist Akhand, who took up the matter with the NHRC, had alleged that brokers were active in the State to lure poor persons sell their kidneys. According to him a broker had convinced Kanhu to sell one of his kidneys to arrange money for construction of a house for his family. “Acute poverty was the only reason for this Dalit poor boy to opt for selling kidney as his family doesn’t have a BPL card and has received no government assistance yet,” said Mr Akhand.

This broker has not been nabbed yet.

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